Sadie Beatrice Judstra was born February 7, 1920, at Denver, CO, to Gruelt and Sadie (Venema) Baker. She grew up and attended school at Denver. On July 6, 1939, she married George Judstra at Denver. They moved to South Dakota in 1942, and farmed at Corsica for two years, then north of Alexandria for twenty years. She attended Stewart School of Hairstyling in Aberdeen, and then lived in Hartford for two years where she operated Sadie’s Beauty Shop. In 1965, she and her husband became house parents at Abbott House in Mitchell. She was also employed at Thune’s Hardware, was a daycare provider at Methodist Hospital and was a custodian at the First Reformed Church. She had been a member of the Good Samaritan Center in Canton since 2007. She was a charter member of the First Reformed Church, a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Hannah Bible Study and RCW.
She is survived by four children: Sadie Kortemeyer and husband Bill of Canton; Georgia Brenden and husband Larry of Austin, MN; Gladys Hall and husband Jerry of Sioux Falls; Gertrude Judstra of Canton; one daughter-in-law, Joan Judstra of Wessington Springs; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband George in 2000, a son Albert Judstra, a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Judstra, and six brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established to the Mitchell Area Safehouse or the First Reformed Church.